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Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  74 responses

Miami Heat Welcome Greg Oden


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Officially, Greg Oden is now a member of the Miami Heat. The 25-year old center inked a two-year deal with the back-to-back defending NBA champions, and Oden says he’s ready for the daunting task that lies ahead.

Heat team president Pat Riley admits Miami is taking a risk on the oft-injured former top draft pick, but that his upside (and low cost) were too tantalizing to pass up.

Per the press release:

“After many months of discussion, evaluations and speaking with Greg, we felt it was a perfect time for him to make his comeback and re-enter the NBA with the Miami HEAT,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “It’s a great challenge for him. We know all about his past injuries, but we feel that there is a huge upside and the possibility of him helping us, that’s why we took the risk. We will continue his program and then we will tackle basketball issues after that.”

“I am very excited and happy to be here,” said Oden. “I’m thankful to the Miami HEAT organization for bringing me in and I’m ready to get to work.”

The Miami Heat need a reliable presence on the block in the bruising Eastern Conference, and they’re banking on Oden — who has appeared in a total of 82 career games since 2007 — to be that force. He last played during the 2009-’10 season, when the big fella started in 21 games and averaged 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.29 blocks in 24 minutes of action per night. The Heat would be thrilled if he could put up similar numbers as they go for a three-peat.

All indications are that Greg Oden is healthy and motivated to prove the doubters wrong. He’ll certainly have a massive stage to resurrect his NBA career.

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  • Ice Cream Kangaroo

    i really hope he does well. it doesn’t matter if he can’t drop 20 a night. If he finds a permanent bench or starting spot and stays healthy, it will be a win for him.

  • Trout

    I really hope this guy stays healthy for his own peace of mind if nothing else.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “The Miami Heat need a reliable presence on the block
    in the bruising Eastern Conference, and they’re banking on Oden — who
    has appeared in a total of 82 career games since 2007 — to be that
    force.”

    oxymoron

  • Da Real

    Don’t think he’d ever be a 20 a night type of guy. I’ve never seen him 100% healthy against top level comp. side note – portland should get cap relief , trade exception or something for what happened with Oden and Roy

  • star

    just wondering, so gonna put it out there… does anyone think that it might not be as good as it sounds , the heat have thrived and succeeded by playing small ball. Oden would ruin that type of playing style, i know i know..they can always just sit him on the bench worst case scenario but am I the only that thinks that it might not just be that easy of an improvement after finally finding the big man they need.

  • Anthony

    This sucks for “ALL GOLD EVERYTHING” Pacer Nation…(Sorry Mike Epps) the 1 advantage y’all had with the Gatorade chugging in 1 Vine Roy Hibbert is now GONE! Betta hope D. Grainger is back to form…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if he’s healthy it’s an improvement. but that’s a gigantic if. in fact, he probably won’t be healthy. but if he is? the Heat have improved. And a ton. When healthy, he’s a top 5 Center. As crazy as that seems.

  • shockexchange

    SE hopes Oden can stay healthy. It will be difficult for him not to cringe every time Oden jogs down the floor or jumps for a rebound or to block a shot. There’s a reason this guy has sat out more seasons than he has actually played.

  • Dfrance

    Between Oden, Roy and Sam Bowie they should get a #1 pick, lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    dwight, marc, lopez, bynum (under the same conditions), hibbert, noah. can he crack that group? i’m not counting guys like that horford and duncan etc that are de facto centers.

  • shockexchange

    He doesn’t have the body of work to be considered top 5 anything. First, let’s see if this guy can walk and chew gum at the same time without getting injured. That would be a heck of an accomplishment in itself.

  • spit hot fiyah

    nbk wasn’t talking about body of work, he was talking about a hypothetical scenario were he is 100% heathy and competing right now. (at least that is how i understood it)

  • shockexchange

    Hypothetically, if SE were 7 ft tall and healthy, he would be a top 5 center.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I mean, his per 36 minute numbers last time he played.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/odengr01.html
    .
    Now I wasn’t saying it thinking it would ever be proven right, I was just tryna create a contrast to show how good he has the potential to be for them if healthy. Top 5 was probably optimistic even if he is healthy, but I think what I said served its purpose. It’s not like they are taking a flyer on a 40 year old Marcus Camby

  • bike

    I really hope he does well. There is no doubt in my mind that, barring his injuries, he was on his way to becoming the nba’s best defensive center and that includes Dwight. He had a lot of potential.

  • daBiz

    if he could actually play 36 minutes a game, he’d be top 5. that’s what the numbers say and they aren’t lying.

    but of course, he’ll be extremely lucky to play 15 healthy minutes a game.

  • spit hot fiyah

    at the ymca maybe

  • spit hot fiyah

    i hear you, it was a little optimistic to say top 5. but if everything clicked at the same time it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility.
    probability of that happening is close to 0 though

  • shockexchange

    No. SE is already top 5 at the YMCA.

  • Mars

    At his worst Chris Kaman

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Alonzo is going to probably work out with him and help him with his game. Hopefully he stays healthy.

  • Conor

    Chris Kaman is three years removed from being an All Star. smh

  • Slick Ric

    No he’s not, very good but not top 5.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Hope he stays healthy.

  • The Philosopher

    Don’t know about this kid…
    His body looks healthy, though.

  • Jared

    They did get Lillard though.

  • RKJ92

    Greg will be fine for 15-20 a night, no more no less. There was no downside to this signing, and if everything works out just fine this was an amazing deal for the Heat.

  • LakeShow

    This COULD be huge…
    Imagine Oden finding himself again on this team…
    Holy sh*t…

    Or yeah, could be 80 games of pine riding.

  • Evan Boland

    No he won’t, he most likely will not play.

  • Busta213

    The small ball is good up to a point (that point being when Wade is healthy). But when Wade isnt and the Heat are getting killed on the inside, having someone who can force the likes of Hibbert to work + can crash the boards should make life easier for the Heat. Theres no way the Heat need 7 games vs. the Pacers with a normal sized center.

  • Basketball_iQ

    This season’s Brandon Roy story,,,,, they need to move a little slower with Greg

  • The Philosopher

    Even if he averages 5 and 5 on 50 games, it would be remarkable.

  • christianbullen

    why is Miami HEAT often in all capital letters? Is there some acronym I’m missing here..?

  • anon

    Word. Forget 20 points a night, if he can just go a full season of practice and riding the pine and without needing surgery — that’ll be enough of a win.

  • anon

    Word. Forget 20 points a night, if he can just go a full season of practice and riding the pine and without needing surgery — that’ll be enough of a win.

  • RipCity

    good luck greg

  • RipCity

    good luck greg

  • Tony Taylor

    Haters.Even.Adore.Them lol

  • Tony Taylor

    Haters.Even.Adore.Them lol

  • Tony Taylor

    Or Hair line Erosion Athletic Team lol I know I stretched a lil too far on that one

  • Tony Taylor

    Or Hair line Erosion Athletic Team lol I know I stretched a lil too far on that one

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    exactly.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh, well if you say so, then it must be true.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, let’s assume he was healthy his whole career. he’d be the most dominant big in the world. that i have no doubt of. he was so freaking good as a low confidence level big with no experience and broken knees, if healthy, i assume he would be, or turn into a top 5 center pretty damn quickly.

  • MasterSplinter

    Alonzo is the perfect person for Oden skill set wise.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    BUT….his per 36 minutes stat is the most DECEIVING stat ever…because, i dont think he’s ever played more than 36 minutes in a game in his career…ever….. just another reason i personally hate the “36 min” stat….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ehh, it’s not to show you how good he is in 36 minutes, it’s too quantify how good he is for the minutes he did play. Nobody actually thinks he’s going to be a top 5 center.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That’s like saying, “well we didn’t get Tim Duncan, but at least we got Chauncey Billups”

  • bull22

    i see my two favorite bums are still writing on this site LOL. (lakeshow and nbk)
    of course i hate to leave out bryan crawford but he is not here today.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    i know i know, its an extrapolation stat, but I just don’t put too much stock in that stat….especially here…..

  • RKJ92

    Evan did you even read the article.. it’s saying he’s healthy as is EVERYONE else.. he is getting his 15-20 min a night regardless of what you think.

  • robb

    Best of luck to him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what if he does play 12-15 minutes a game for them in May and June? that stat could be really indicative of the difference he makes in key minutes against, say, Roy Hibbert. Who has little to no success to bank on against a comparable player physically. Especially one like Oden, who is just as big, but stronger, and more athletic. Even after the knee surgeries, if Oden CAN play, he will be a difference maker. He just has to be able to play.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah man, Greg still has cartilage in his knees. He won’t be forced into early retirement by anyone, he’ll have to quit. Brandon Roy literally has untreatable knees. There is nothing anybody can do.

  • RunNGun

    The second coming of Brandon Roy’s knees… make it happen, Oden.

  • dexter

    he could get robot leg implants

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol I think those would be considered performance Enhancing

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    If a 40 yr old robert parish can give the bulls 12 mns a game then Greg Oden doing the same isnt too much of a stretch.

  • Youngindy21

    Yeah this is fine and all but it still doesn’t solve the problem of who’s gonna guard Danny Granger if Lebron is guarding Paul George and then who is gonna guard Copeland should the Pacers decide to play small-ball. Plus Hibbert ain’t afraid of a center who haven’t played ball in 4 years. Face It. MIAMI IS DONE and this is them grasping at straws.

  • ae8

    PAPA!

  • Ben Ireland

    I actually really like the Camby comparison. If at worst, he’s a younger, more athletic Camby with some upside, that’s worth the risk, no? He could be very good, if he can stay healthy, and I really hope he does, the guy’s fought hard to get back. My worry is that it’s like Brandon Roy in Minnesota though. Best wishes to him!

  • Youngindy21

    Miami Heat – The team of traitors Lebron/Cleveland, Ray Allen/Boston, and now Oden/Indianapolis

  • danpowers

    or just get him these tink tink thingies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qlNEmpxQxI

  • TR

    A healthy Greg Oden would’ve made 2007 one of the best draft classes ever

  • Tony Taylor

    Lebron can gaurd either player, if Wade is healthy he can gaurd George dont let the height fool you Wade has reach and great strength for his position. Tyler Ennis the new kid from Long Beach shoud providw a decent 3 &D presence. Shane Battier is still there and stick either wing posiition for intervals. I think they will be fine

  • Evan Boland

    I willing to bet he doesn’t play more than 10 games.

  • RKJ92

    You have nothing I want Evan your 17 years old lol, I make bets with people who have money, and careers — let’s talk in 8 more years.

  • Evan Boland

    I wouldn’t say they’re done, but I don’t see ‘em gettin’ outta the East this year. They’ve had a lot of luck the last two years.

  • Evan Boland

    Yes it is.

  • Evan Boland

    lmao.. Serious? Dude hasn’t played in years.. Indiana has West, Scola and Hibbert.

  • Evan Boland

    If he’s healthy healthy, definitely. Dwight, Noah, Lopez, Bynum and him?

  • Evan Boland

    I also believe had he been playing 70 games a year, he’d have surpassed Dwight has number 1 center.

  • Evan Boland

    I’m 23. But I probably had more to bet at 17 then you will in your whole life.

  • RKJ92

    I’m a forensic psychologist, with a degree from the University of Toronto.. I’m pretty sure I’m doing juuuuussssttttt fine Evan, Thank you for your concern though <3

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